Honda Brake Service
All Hondas are built to be reliable and long-lasting. However, over time every car will require services and parts, especially when it comes to tires and brakes. Since they are what provides the stopping power, your vehicle’s brakes are obviously one of its most critical safety features.
The condition of your brakes and how often they should be replaced are significantly affected by driving habits. Brake components may also need more frequent replacements depending on the type of vehicle you drive and the conditions you generally drive in. The lifespan of your brakes will decrease with city driving, regular travel through hilly or mountainous regions, or braking more often than needed; cars with automatic transmissions will also wear out their brake components faster than cars with manual transmissions. If your brakes start making noise, take your vehicle in to get serviced immediately.
How Often Should I Replace My Brake Pads?
In general, we recommend checking brake fluid annually and brake pads twice a year with normal driving. It is essential to follow Honda’s guidelines on the model-specific mileage intervals to know when your brake pads should be replaced. If you’re unsure about the condition of your brakes, have your vehicle inspected for the most accurate assessment. Every time you take your car in for an oil change or a tire rotation you should also ask the technician to check your brake pads, if they haven’t already done it as part of an included safety check.
What Should I Look For?
Noises such as grinding, high-pitched squeals, or scraping are all indications that your vehicle will need to have its brake pads replaced soon. Newer Honda models are equipped with a brake service light that appears when your car starts developing issues. Spongy brake pedals and feeling the pedal travel to the floor are also telltale indicators that service is needed immediately. Of the worst signs, grinding noises are the most worrisome, because it means that the brake pad is completely worn and the rotors and calipers are scraping against each other. This can potentially lock up the brakes or cause the braking effectiveness to be diminished. Repairs for any of these symptoms must be completed immediately.
Advantages of Regular Services
There are many important parts to the brake system aside from the pads that may require maintenance. As brake fluid ages it becomes thick and loses its lubricating effectiveness. Lack of maintenance also causes increased friction between the rotors and drums and eventually destroys them. Repairing this damage is costly, and you may find yourself having to tow your vehicle for service when driving it is far too risky.
Mechanics can find and fix any early issues by performing periodic inspections. Like tune-ups, regular brake service will reward you with good handling and increased lifespan of your Honda’s parts. When you take your car to Balise Honda you will always get original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Honda brake pads for replacements, as is highly recommended, since they are made by the manufacturer to fit the specifications of each particular model. Regular maintenance will ensure the integrity and performance of your vehicle’s brake system, and you and your passengers can feel safe on the road.